You may remember that I’m not on Pinterest. I have my reasons, and the rest of civilized society has theirs for not wanting me there. I’m about to give you another one.
Recently, I flew the friendly skies. “Friendly” is a bit of a stretch; more like a-little-TOO-friendly-and-with-very-poor-personal-boundaries skies. Other than a quick pat-down and an agent freak-out over the rice sock I brought to soothe my sore knee, my travels were uneventful. I even managed to fit a souvenir for the kids into my carry-on.
Imagine their delight when they were each presented with their very own airsickness bag. The Padawan was so overcome with emotion that he had to leave the room. Or maybe he went to play the Wii. He was gone for a long time. I’m pretty sure it was emotion, though.
Motion discomfort bags (or as Squish calls them, “barf bags”) are the perfect gift for any child, prompting hours of dramatic play. Squish walked around all afternoon pretending to throw up in his. Think of how well-prepared he will be for a life of travel, and as an added bonus, when he moves to the top bunk, I can just hand him a bag and he’ll already have his aim down pat. Or he could learn to pack his own lunch. Barf bags are waxed on the inside to prevent spillage. So many possibilities in one small bag.
Our favorite use, though, is for craft time. There’s something for everyone. Look what one small motion-discomfort bag can do for you and your family. Click to embiggenate.
How do you put a price on creativity?
Airline ticket: $400
Barf bag: free
Quality time with family: $400 + $100 food costs + $20 gas to airport + $36 long-term parking
“Motion Discomfort Bag” seems like an inconvenient name. If you really need one, you don’t have time to say all that, much less get that it’s a euphemism if someone else says it. Ironically, there’s time to say “mop,” which you may end up needing instead.
There’s always the lap of the nice person next to you…
I threw up in one of those once. I should have kept it and taken it home and decorated it!
Actually, no. That would have been a bad idea.
I love it! It’s always the simple things that keep kids happy. My cousin gave her kids a box of band aids for a 5-hour car ride once. I think they provided 4 hours of entertainment.
I think I could entertain MYSELF with band-aids for four hours. Or with a box of tissues.
Ha ! Anything for the family (‘:
Anything at all. Even a three day trip. Away from them.
LOL . What a sacrifice
Next time I fly, I will be sure to grab a couple barf bags for C to play with! I think that Sky Mall would also make for great collage material.
Skymall is the BEST! They had performance underwear. I wanted to get some. My underwear don’t do anything special.
I need them for their intended purpose while flying about 25% of the time. I panic if I check my seat pocket and there isn’t one there. Ugh, air travel. Uuuuuuuht!
I had a friend whose mom always packed her lunch in a biohazard bag 😀
I would certainly use a biohazard bag. Doing so would make me ridiculously happy!
LOVE this idea! Now I know what to do with those damn bags! Thank you———-
Crafting in Ecuador,
I am here to help!
You need to put that on Pinterest…really. 🙂
Pinterest needs me, don’t they?
Pinterest would love decorated barf bags. Or you could set up an Etsy store
I hadn’t even thought about Etsy!
The low cost airlines in the UK has stopped providing these comfort items. Sad if you’re a collector or air sick.
I’ll send you some on my next trip. Do they make barf bags for puppies?
Ha! Thanks, we think. If they did they’d only eat them. Thank goodness for biodegradable poop bags.
I don’t know, I am thinking you need this on Pintrest. I could do it for you if you like.
I think Pinterest needs this craft, don’t you?
Yes, think of all the hundreds of thousands of parents who fly without their children. They could use this craft.
What fun! Those bags make excellent lunch bags. They’re lined! My mom used to collect them. Enjoy them while you can – eventually the airlines here will tell you to bring your own.
I considered putting leftovers in them. I’m pretty sure they’re made on the same assembly line as doggie bags.
Who needs an iPad for travel when you’ve got an EMPTY barf bag?! Empty being the key to the fun.
Yes, empty is the critical word here. I cannot emphasize that enough.
My teenager brought home a barf bag as a souvenir of her stay in the hospital this summer. Unfortunately, we joke, her senior trip was to the ER… but the big blue barf bag seems to have made up for the absence of white sand or sunny skies! Cute post
Oh, poor kid!
I didn’t know barf bags were so multipurpose! As far as entertainment factor goes, your lunch bag idea beats my habit of making discreet holes in the bottom of those bags and imagining the dire consequences. Next time I fly, I’ll bring the crayons and opt for something a bit more…constructive. 😉
On her last flight, my daughter decorated a bag and left it in the pouch for the next person. Maybe they would feel cheered as they hurled.
That’s cute! I’m sure they’d feel about as good as you can when you’re getting airsick between two strangers in an aluminum tube 4 hrs from the airport.
Squish!! That was my nickname in grade school, you just gave me a great idea for my next blog, the story of how I got my nickname 🙂 Your kids are adorable, and you’re very clever coming up with the idea of decorating barf bags, very funny.
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I have a tradition since 1992 – whenever I fly out to China I always write one barf bag letter to a friend and enclose my boarding pass stub. And since Eva Airlines (my carrier of choice) started using Hello Kitty airplanes, the barf bags have become collector’s items. I will keep you in mind for a future flight, if I find myself on a Hello Kitty flight, Heather.
Thank you! NOW I WANT ONE!
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